4 December 2017

Conflict, Custom & Conscience: Photojournalism and the Pacific Media Centre 2007-2017

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Edited by Jim Marbrook, Del Abcede, Natalie Robertson and David Robie

A group of Melanesian women march behind an anti-mining "NO BCL, NO MINING" banner, across a small field in the now-autonomous region of Bougainville. Their protest is ostensibly unseen by the rest of the world. Their protest efforts are local, gender-specific, indigenous, and part of a wider movement to stop any production on the Panguna copper mine. This conflict claimed an estimated 10,000 lives in the 1990s civil war. This photograph is one of the many that we have selected to mark the 10th anniversary of the Pacific Media Centre in Auckland University of Technology's School of Communication Studies.

Fifteen photojournalists and photographers who have worked with the Pacific Media Centre for the past decade have donated their images for this book project. The book is not actually for sale, it has been produced as a limited edition for those who have contributed to the PMC. However, it is also available for libraries and civil society groups, and will be available later as an e-book.

Libraries requesting a hard copy should order through AUTShop.

The book is available free here online under Pacific Journalism Monographs

+ 'Power of the still image' reflected in PMC photojournalism book - Review by Gavin Ellis on RNZ Nine to Noon

+ PMC photojournalism book offers 'window' into Pacific culture, issues

+ Other PMC books are available at AUT Shop online

Faafetai to the Pacific Media Centre for this fabulous publication. I like the themes and the car on the canoe.
Tagaloatele Peggy Fairbairn-Dunlop
Professor of Pacific Studies
Auckland University of Technology

Congratulations on the wonderful thought-provoking production of ‘Conflict, Custom and Conscience’, marking a decade of dedication to bearing witness to conflicts that, for reasons beyond my ken, would otherwise be largely ignored or forgotten.
Malcolm Evans

The Pacific Media Centre team have produced an important book on Pacific photojournalism and media coverage. Check it out.
Ben Bohane
Photographer, Port Vila

For me - this book brings back not just the themes explored, but memories too. The images are so striking and instill sometimes fear, frustration and so much pain. The woman accused of sorcery  reminds me of Papua New Guinea and the awful power of religion, which has so many faces - good to evil.
Patrick Craddock
Education consultant and broadcaster

Pacific Media Centre

PMC newsdesk

The Pacific Media Centre - TE AMOKURA - at AUT University has a strategic focus on Māori, Pasifika and ethnic diversity media and community development.